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How much, or how little, to be involved is just one of the many relationship changes you’ll have as your child leaves high school. Support their independence no matter where they’re going after high school.
Here are 8 things our experts say every kid should be able to do in order to be a responsible, independent young adult.
As a parent, you’ve probably started a sentence with “When I was in school…” Here are some important changes to recognize as your teen heads off to college.
As hard as it may be to accept, there are some signs that your kid might not be ready for college. Here are some signs:
Track spending, identify income, emphasize saving and more key budgeting basics to share with your teen.
Research shows that those with higher social-emotional skills have better attention skills and fewer learning problems, and are generally more successful in academic and workplace settings. Like math or English, these skills can be taught and grow over time.
Self-awareness is knowing your emotions, strengths and challenges, and how your emotions affect your behavior and decisions.
Self-management is controlling emotions and the behaviors they spark in order to overcome challenges and pursue goals.
Social awareness is understanding and respecting the perspectives of others, and applying this knowledge to social interactions with people from diverse backgrounds.
The ability to interact meaningfully with others and to maintain healthy relationships with diverse individuals and groups contributes to overall success.
Responsible decision-making is the ability to make choices that are good for you and for others. It is also taking into account your wishes and the wishes of others.
Proper nutrition, adequate sleep, and physical activity can all impact academic performance and overall mental and physical wellness.
As a parent, you may worry that your kid will be subsisting on late-night junk food once they’re out of your house and on their own.
Physical activity is important at any age, not only for weight management, but also for prevention of some diseases, improved mood, and improved overall health.
Understanding how to manage finances is an important part of your teen’s growth and ultimate independence. Like any skill, financial literacy needs to be taught.
Use these strategies to teach and motivate your teen to establish responsible saving and spending habits.
Discover information, tips and advice on how you and your teen can take advantage of programs, scholarships and more help to pay for college.
There’s perhaps no bigger change than graduating high school. No matter the path, there are still ways to support your child’s journey to adulthood.
This section has helpful tips on applying to colleges, receiving financial aid, selecting a major, preparing for the first year, and more.
Help your child make the most out of community college with resources that will prepare them before, during and after their experience.
Learn more about the many career and technical programs available to your child as they transition from high school to the next phase of their life.